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  • Mystery

    Shades of Light and Darkness is the second book in the Betsy Connolly Mysteries series by author Julia Rohatyn. I haven’t read the first in the series and didn’t realise that this was the second in a series until I came to write my review. The plot is set in Israel and the opening chapter starts in Jerusalem. It is written in the first person from Betsy’s point of view. Private Investigator Betsy, who recently married Police Detective Peter has decided to combine their honeymoon with work. What could be better for this pair than combining their careers with their holiday! The settings throughout are well described and easy to imagine, so too are the characters Betsy, Peter, and hotel manager Jessica, who were enjoyable to read about and realistic. The story begins well and the opening chapters had me very intrigued and made me want to read more. However, as the book progressed I sadly found the plot hard to follow and it felt disjointed at times leaving me wondering which character the author was talking about sometimes. I also found it hard to get to know the character Margot, who is a diplomat. She was working undercover, yet this wasn’t her normal job, her story became somewhat confusing as to what she was trying to do which left her feeling very unrealistic to me. Sadly this mystery wasn’t for me. It could be that I needed to read book one first and that this book doesn’t really work as a standalone, or simply that this is a case of a book not being right for the reader. I’ll never know.

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